- October 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm #71
I grew up in a house where Bruce Springsteen was God and Born To Run was The Bible. I knew the whole album front to back by the time i was barely even 6 years old. As a songwriter, whenever i get stuck, I always go back and listen to “Thunder Road” and dream I will ever write a lyric as great as “Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night.” Throughout my life in music, great lyrics and great storytelling has always been so important to me. Tom Petty’s “American Girl” gets better with age like fine wine. I listen to Counting Crows and Adam Duritz makes me feel like I have my my own “Maria” in every song i write. I could listen to John Mayer sing me his twitter timeline. Nate Ruess and Pete Wentz were so impressionable on me in my teenage years, with The Format and Fall Out Boy. Nate, now at the helm of the band FUN, still continues to inspire me with his train of thought and brutally personal lyrics.
So I guess what I’m asking is this:
Who are your favorite lyricists and why?
- October 16, 2014 at 3:28 pm #213
One of my absolute favorite lyricists is Kyle Fasel from Real Friends. All of the lyrics are so raw and are easy to connect with. I listen to several different artists and I have connected with several lyrics, but when I listen to Real Friends I always feel like I am not alone. His lyrics just speak to me so much and it although I am sure people feel the way I do at times, but when I listen to the lyrics Kyle wrote I always feel like I have someone there for me who has gone through similar things. Their music is great, and his lyrics are incredibly powerful. If you haven’t listened to them, I would highly recommend you look them up!
- October 16, 2014 at 3:57 pm #217
I’d have to say that one of my favorite lyricists is Matty Healy, and the rest of the 1975. Sometimes I’ll just be listening to one of their songs and it’ll hit me how beautiful some of their lyrics are.
- October 16, 2014 at 7:58 pm #490
Yeah I think Matt Healy has a very interesting lyrical voice. Great band!
- October 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm #233
Matty Healy from The 1975 is easily one of my favorite lyricists. He’s absolutely brilliant; the way he fits the words into songs packs so much emotion.
Jake Mcelfresh of Front Porch Step is another incredible writer. (I just got into FPS but I believe he writes the music?) He’s such an inspirational, emotional writer, and I admire all of his work. And I guarantee you that at least one song will make you cry.
- October 16, 2014 at 4:54 pm #268
My favorite lyricist is probably between Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots and Jack Antonoff of Bleachers. They both have written lyrics that I can relate to, and I love listening to their bands for that reason. Hearing a lyric that resonates something in you is one of the greatest things about music.
- October 16, 2014 at 10:27 pm #560
I agree– Tyler from Twenty One Pilots is probably one of my favorite songwriters. He has the ability to cram so much lyrical content in one song, which a lot of artists can’t do. You can kind of see how his brain works by listening to his lyrics, which I think is a cool thing. He leaves it all in the words.
Also love Jack Antonoff. I Wanna Get Better has the best bridge I have ever heard.
- October 16, 2014 at 5:14 pm #300
I have so many but AT THE MOMENT at least, I feel like ed sheeran and john mayer and alex gaskarth and alexander deleon are my favourites as throughout the years they have written beautiful songs that really stuck with me and that I just feel like I could get lost in any time of day. You could just sit there and really listen to the lyrics and you realise the meaning behind each word and you can kind of relate in a way? It’s wonderful.
But I really, truly agree with you when it comes to pete wentz (and patrick stump too, to be frank) and tom petty of course. And I especially agree when it comes to bruce springsteen as he is one of the artists that I grew up listening to and his music is almost magical. I also love a little bit of fleetwood mac.
There are loads of lyricists I adore but the above are just some of them.
(This band called the summer set write pretty alright music too ayyye)
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- October 16, 2014 at 7:55 pm #487
I love this whole group!
- October 16, 2014 at 5:44 pm #325
My favorite lyricist is easily Hayley Williams. Paramore’s sound has shifted and changed over the years, but their older stuff especially was pure genius. Even some of their newer lyrics and sounds just hit you when you hear them, you know? People say they are “sell outs,” but I dare whoever says that to write with the emotion and real-life connections that she does. Her writing style is magic to me, and as a lyricist myself, I am never unimpressed by Hayley. I can almost always relate to such personal experiences, and I think I respect that most.
- October 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm #338
I honestly believe there’s a Paramore and/or John Mayer lyric for every mood/feeling/emotion possible.
- October 16, 2014 at 6:12 pm #365
My favorite lyricist is Christofer Drew. I know he’s underrated and he doesn’t get much positive attention lately, but his lyrics are golden. The song On The Brightside has gotten me through the past five years. It’s hard to describe why his lyrics are so great; they’re clever and sometimes playful, but most of all meaningful. They leave me feeling hopeful and bring a smile to my face.
On the other hand, there’s Kyle Fasel from Real Friends. No other band has lyrics that relate more to my life and how I’m feeling than they do. His lyrics speak for me and how I feel.. they mean everything to me and let me know I’m not alone.
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- October 16, 2014 at 6:38 pm #404
Brendon Urie from panic at the disco, Brendan Lucken and Jake Ewald from modern baseball, Kyle Fasel from real friends and Tyler Joseph from twenty one pilots have to be some of the best lyricists in the game right now. Brilliant bands, brilliant people, brilliant music.
- October 16, 2014 at 7:14 pm #457
Butch Walker. He is a prolific storyteller. His lyrics gush with raw emotion and passion on so many different levels.
- October 16, 2014 at 7:54 pm #480
Absolutely love Butch Walker, amazing story teller!
- October 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm #489
at the moment my favorite lyricist has to probably be Jake Miller. if you listen to “A Million Lives” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGGs65J3UEA) or “I’m Alright” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsEPtVf8q74), you will understand why I love his lyrics. i think the way he writes his songs, i think they’re something different then any other rapper out there.
i also really like the way Paradise Fears writes. theyre lyrics take my mind off the real world for a little bit. i always love their sounds because i think unique style.
- October 16, 2014 at 8:09 pm #503
Jordan Witzigreuter from The Ready Set. He brings something unique to the table both in the lyrics and in the music itself. He is fantastic in my personal opinion. Another one that I find very impressive is Sam Smith. The words to his songs are just flawless. They are beautiful and painful. I am truly in love with Stay With Me, as much as it is overplayed, I am in love with it. I also thins that Travis Clark from We the Kings is a very talented lyricist. The songs are catchy but they also have deeper meanings behind them that are amazing.
All of the men above are absolutely fantastic and truly amazing amazing artists.
- October 16, 2014 at 8:43 pm #519
My all time favorite lyricist is Jake Mcelfresh of Front Porch Step. He is an incredible artist as well as a person. I was able to catch him at Warped and oh man, he is so talented. The way he speaks in his songs just gets me. He’s definitely someone who was blessed with the gift of creative writing. My favorite thing about him is that he make the words off a page come alive. Whether they’re the saddest lyrics you may have ever heard or the happiest, he makes those words dance off paper and dance around your room. You never want to stop listening. He moved me the first time I heard his music and continues to today. If you haven’t listened to him, I suggest that you should. He’s such a beautiful artist.
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- October 16, 2014 at 9:03 pm #526
My favourite (it says it’s spelled incorrectly but hello I’m canadian) (oh apparently canadian is spelled wrong too) lyricist(s) would have to be Owl City because every song sounds like elaborate but beautiful poetry. Cassio Monroe also has really great puns and play on words in their songs, but a song from TSS can actually change my whole mood in one verse. Something in the way the words are phrased resonates with me and I feel empowered. Fantastic job TSS in creating “legendary” songs!!!
- October 16, 2014 at 9:03 pm #527
Ed Sheeran and John Mayer are clearly greats. I also love Cartel’s lyrics. But there has always been one lyric that has always given chills when I think about how perfect it is.
“Hey, you call me up again just to break me like a promise. So casually cruel in the name of being honest.” – Taylor Swift
- October 16, 2014 at 9:44 pm #545
That’s my favorite lyric ever written. She is truly remarkable
- October 16, 2014 at 9:22 pm #165
Gotta agree with you on Tom Petty, though my personal favorite will always be “Free Fallin'”
also agreeing with you about Pete Wentz for sure, though Patrick Stump’s lyrics are so so good too. FOB as an unit just writes some of the best music I think I’ve ever heard.
Jared Leto has literally written lyrics that have changed my life. the man is a legend. I can never quite explain the feeling his words give me properly: but basically, it’s just like being understood. completely understood. so he’s definitely in the top five.
There are so many good lyricists out there, honestly. big names, small names, people no one has gotten to hear of yet. and the beautiful thing is that they all have common ground somewhere, just based on the fact they’ve got so much to say, and I love that.
- October 16, 2014 at 9:23 pm #167
Lights! Every song she writes is poetry. There’s a song called Portal on her album Little Machines that just released, and it’s amazing. I’m really into Death Cab For Cutie too.
- October 16, 2014 at 9:36 pm #182
Katy Perry is definitely one of my favorite lyricists. If you take the time to listen to her most recent album PRISM, there’s a lot of meaningful and motivating lyrics. She’s actually one of the persons that has influenced me to “let the light in.”
- October 16, 2014 at 9:37 pm #185
I think my favourite lyricists are probably Ed Sheeran and Anton Zaslavski (ZEDD), I really love the lyrics of Ed’s songs and I find it actually pretty amazing how ZEDD puts so much feeling in such a beautiful way in songs that can’t even have a lot of lyrics since they are EDM. I also really like the lyrics of “Never Be”, by 5 Seconds of Summer, which they wrote themselves, the song’s awesome and the lyrics just couldn’t be more inspiring. There’s also a peruvian lyricist who I really like, Gian Marco Zignago, his song are in spanish but for me, all of his song are like poems, the way he writes his songs is just incredible. And even though I’m no Bieber fan, I just can’t denny the fact that “Fall” is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard, the lyrics are just beautiful. And at last, I fell in love with the lyrics of “Maybe Tonight”, they have inspired me in so many ways and I just think they couldn’t be more perfect.
- October 16, 2014 at 9:43 pm #544
Kevin from This Wild Life has the most incredible song lyrics, they get me every time. Ed Sheeran is really genius in his lyrics too. Strangers You Know have some great lyrics and I think the new Sam Smith album is full of some amazing lyrics as well. Love them all
- October 16, 2014 at 9:45 pm #546
Jake from Front Porch Step is hands down the most inspirational song writers I’ve ever come across! His words have an easy way of connecting with everyone and his songs are filled with so much passion that it is almost hard not to cry while listening to his music. I found out about him almost 4 months ago and I wish someone would have told me about him sooner! I strongly advise everyone to go listen to his music
I also love the messages Nick Santino’s songs give! He is so talented and creates so many pictures with his words. Seeing him perform live and pour his soul into his music was so inspirational and honestly such an amazing expirence. Plus he is super sweet, too!
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- October 16, 2014 at 9:45 pm #187
I have to agree that Ed Sheeran is one of my favourite lyricists. I feel as though he takes putting poetry to music to a new level. He has a way of turning a phrase that is incredible to me. Other than that, Hands Like Houses’ album Unimagine has some great lyrics on it that made me feel like I was listening to something monumental when I heard it for the first time.
- October 16, 2014 at 7:56 pm #488
Yeah Ed’s train of thought is incredible and unorthodox. Love his new album.
- October 16, 2014 at 9:55 pm #192
I listen to The Summer Set, Cher Lloyd, Kongos, AJR, Magic, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift most of the time. The lyrics that have most inspired me are from your song “Legandary”… “Don’t be afraid to die, cause to die would be an awfuly great adventure” I say this to myself every morning when I wake up to keed the happy times rolling:) thanks!:)!:)!:)!:)!:)!:)!:)!:)!:)!:)
- October 16, 2014 at 6:38 pm #397
I love AJR! They’re super nice too, they personally answer me every time I tweet them. They put on an awesome live show too!
- October 16, 2014 at 10:08 pm #555
I’d say the lyricist from The Story So Far has some pretty rad stories to tell. And The Wonder Years have accurately described how I’m feeling with Melrose Diner. My favs atm are State Champs – just so much empathy. Happy For You by TSS always pulls a few heart strings too
- October 16, 2014 at 10:36 pm #561
I’m gonna go with Taylor Swift– that girl can write one hell of a bridge. The bridge in All Too Well is literally THE BEST BRIDGE EVER. I could probably go on and on about how much I love her bridges, but she really does have a knack for storytelling, something a lot of artists forget about. I feel like there is so much music out there that tells a very unspecific story about an unspecific feeling just so the listeners can relate. But Taylor knows the trick to relating with listeners is through specificity and raw emotion. The best songs come from very personal places.
- October 16, 2014 at 11:32 pm #578
My favorite lyricist is Ronnie Winter from The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Unlike most writers who write the majority of their songs about drugs, sex, or money, Ronnie writes songs that actually speak to people..songs that people can relate to and songs that, at least in my case, are there to lift me up in my darkest hours. Their songs “Seventeen Ain’t So Sweet” and “Don’t Lose Hope” are two songs I love to blast when I feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders.
- October 16, 2014 at 11:57 pm #583
I’d have to say one of my favorite lyricist is John O’callaghan from the maine just because his lyrics always seems to reflect an honest part of him. whether that may be something he feels, experienced or even just thought. I love musicians who are brave enough to open and use music as a channel to create things in abstract form and I think that’s one of the things that makes someone authentic.
- October 17, 2014 at 9:03 pm #719
I have two.
Gerard Way being one. His lyrics are witty and dark and honest.
John o’Callaghan from The Maine is the other. His lyrics are just so beautiful. They’re relatable and just seem to come straight from his heart.
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- October 17, 2014 at 12:16 am #587
I have a quite a few that I’m ridiculously passionate about.
Not to be cliche, but Brian, you ARE one of mine. I discovered TSS back in 2010 on accident, and since then I’ve grown so much thanks to your music and the friends I’ve made through music. I can’t begin to express how big of an impact Legendary had on my life. It came out when I was just beginning to emerge from an extremely dark place. I remember being in the Wake Up & Be Awesome VIP listening party in Sacramento and hearing Someday for the first time, I almost cried sitting there. It was exactly what I needed to hear: there’s always something out there worth fighting for, and you have to believe that anything is possible.
Next is Jenna Mcdougall from Tonight Alive. She writes raw and honest from the heart. She’s fearless and kind-hearted and that reflects in the songs that she writes.
Cody Carson from Set It Off writes lyrics that are smart and witty, and he writes in a way that just oozes passion and love and hope, and that’s something I need most days.
Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low is a huge one for me. The first time I heard “Guts”, it completely changed the way I thought about myself. Dirty Work came out when I was 17 and I was in the middle of the worst summer of my life. Friends had abandoned me, people were bullying me, etc etc etc. Long story short, I’d lost all faith in myself. I honestly started to believe that I was useless and could never achieve anything great. But that song showed me that I can do whatever I set my mind to; I can’t be afraid to push the limits and believe in myself even if no one else does.
- October 17, 2014 at 7:30 am #604
Ian Curtis is one of my favorite lyricists. That man is genius.
- October 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm #663
My music taste literally goes from every genre of music there is. To me there isn’t any better feeling that compares to how you feel when you hear lyrics and it just hits you, and you know it. I found out that the artists who seem to give me this feeling an awful lot consists of Alexander DeLeon of the Cab, Elvis Presley, Tyler Carter of Issues, Michael Jackson, Jeremy McKinnon of A Day to Remember, Brian Dales of The Summer Set (of course), Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots, and Matt Healy of the 1975.
- October 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm #682
Jon Foreman, Nate Reuss, Pete Wentz, and Ed Sheeran. But most of all: Forever the Sickest Kids. I always find myself lost in their music yet present. Any emotion at all that I feel they have a song for. Good music for blasting or just to put on in the background and the lyrics have some great words of wisdom. “If you only live once, stay in the clouds and never come down.” -Nikki
- October 17, 2014 at 5:29 pm #688
Probably John Darnell of the Mountain Goats. The Mountain Goats have such a /huge/ repertoire of music, that there’s a song no matter how you’re feeling.
Also, I’ve really been digging on the song “Second Child, Restless Child” by the Oh Hellos lately — probably because it describes the life of a second or middle child so incredibly well.
- October 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm #689
Oh, and I totally forgot — the guys in the Front Bottoms write some kick ass tunes. They’re always so raw and honest and real.
- October 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm #698
John Mayer has and always will be my favorite artist of all time. Obviously he is bomb af at guitar and singing, but it’s the lyrics that really stick with me when it comes down to it. So shout out to the peeps above who have also said John Mayer because that’s cool.
“I get lost on the boulevard at night without your voice to tell me ‘I love you, take a right.” <– That right there is my favorite John Mayer lyric. Always has been. No idea way. It’s just so damn good.
- October 17, 2014 at 8:12 pm #713
My favorite lyricists would have to be Tyler Joseph from Twenty One Pilots. This is because I feel like the songs he writes are so real and meaningful
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- October 18, 2014 at 7:56 am #742
Sam Miller from Paradise Fears is hands down one of my favorite lyricists. A few of their songs hold very special meaning to me.
- October 18, 2014 at 11:37 am #759
To me, my favourite lyricist at the moment is Ed Sheeran. I don’t know what it is about him, but he makes it so understanding and you can feel the emotion in his words. I also, and always love Alex Gaskarth’s and TSS’s lyrics because you can understand and relate to them so much, being a teenager you have a lot of feelings and emotion and I feel that the lyrics he/you write are so relatable to everything that’s going on in my teenage head right now.
- October 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm #763
Derek Sanders’ lyrics will always hold a special place in my heart as i always listen to Mayday Parade whenever i start feeling down
recently as well ive found Paradise Fears lyrics really hitting home for me. so im so grateful that tss brought them out on tour to the uk with them as i probably wouldn’t have come across them at least for a while without seeing them then
- October 19, 2014 at 12:23 pm #781
I love Ed Sheeran’s lyrics. I always feel they have some meaning behind them, and the way he fits them to his songs are just perfect
- October 19, 2014 at 8:23 pm #797
Matty Healy from The 1975 the music just speaks to me and has each feeling i could feel in their songs
- October 19, 2014 at 10:45 pm #800
Ryan Tedder cannot fail at writing lyrics.
Chris Martin just writes what you want to say to someone and then puts it in a song and it’s just amazing.
Vance Joy… no words.
Birdy (no clue what her real name is) has such real emotion that you almost tear up when she sings.
Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine will make you cry if you go to a concert.
And Hozier (Andrew Hozier-Byrne) has such powerful lyrics about real situations that it just hits you really hard.
- October 20, 2014 at 1:35 am #805
I’m going to be that typical basic white girl and say Taylor Swift. But I mean seriously all you need to do is listen to songs like All Too Well, Untouchable, Fearless and Long Live and you know there’s something special there. If an artist can make me sob during their concert because of how much a song means to me then they’re doing something right. To me, Taylor has been doing that something right since she started. She’s incredibly talented and to be honest I’m really scared that this pop music direction she’s going in is going to ruin the tradition of having these deep and meaningful songs on all of her albums. I hope not.
- October 20, 2014 at 10:56 am #811
My favorite right now is Tonight Alive. Their words have such deep meaning. There aren’t that many songs out now that are really deep. Like their song Amelia is so sad and so good. Their “The Other Side” album is awesome too and has great lyrics. I listen to them every single day during work and they make it fun. I could listen to Jenna sing every second of the day if I had a choice.
I also really like Paramore. Their lyrics are cool and also kinda deep sometimes. They make you think over what they are trying to say.
- October 20, 2014 at 3:45 pm #836
One of my all time favorite lyricists is Connor Oberst of Bright Eyes:
Here is a cool excerpt from a song of his called “Cleanse Song”
Hear the chimes, did you know that the wind when it blows
It is older than Rome and all of this sorrow
See the new pyramids down in old Manhattan
From the roof of a friend’s I watched an empire ending
Heard it loud and long the river’s Om
Time marching on to a madman’s drum
Don’t forget what you’ve learned all you give is returned
And if life seems absurd what you need is some laughter
And a season to sleep and a place to get clean
Maybe Los Angeles, somewhere no one’s expecting
On a detox walk through a Glendale Park over sidewalk chalk
Someone wrote in red, “start over”
So I muffled my scream on an Oxnard beach
Full of fever dreams that scare you sober
Into saltless dinners
- October 20, 2014 at 10:51 pm #873
My absolute favourite lyricist is Matthew Thiessen of Relient k. His lyrics are always amazing, but the stand out lyric of any he’s written (in my opinion) is “the beauty of grace is that it makes life unfair”.
I have way too many other favourites to choose from, but I’ll give honourable mentions to: Derek Sanders, Ed Sheeran, Pierre Bouvier/ Chuck Comeau of Simple Plan (both of them have written some of my favourite songs), Alex Gaskarth and Brian Dales
- October 21, 2014 at 6:30 am #878
My favorite lyricist is by far Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil. The band saved my life and their lyrics just strike me and give me goose bumps no matter how many times I listen to them. I’ve never been disappointed by a PTV song. You can tell just how much thought and how many feelings go into one song. You can just feel the emotion rippling out of a line or a chorus.
- October 21, 2014 at 1:12 pm #885
Dave Matthews from Dave Matthews Band tbh. He’s a wicked guitar player and writes awesome lyrics. His lyrics are just really pretty, and they’re always so clever!!
- October 21, 2014 at 3:46 pm #891
My favorite lyricists include Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots, Ed Sheeran, and Pete Wentz.
All three write very different songs, yet I’m able to connect to most of them. Their lyrics always seem to stick with me and I love seeing music have actual meaning.
- October 21, 2014 at 8:07 pm #914
I love the lyrics Jeremy Fowler of New Empire writes. For example the first time I heard In A Breath, I cried like a baby.
“I’m saving up the pictures of your soul
To some you’re just a memory, to me you’re home
And I won’t ever say I don’t miss you
Because I can’t lie, you know me too well”.
That’s the second time I’ve mentioned that band here in the last hour. Sorry guys.
Honourable mention to Beau Taplin of For Our Hero for his ability to make anything romantic from bad moods to break ups. He could make a car crash romantic if he wanted to.
- October 22, 2014 at 12:38 am #919
Jeremy Fowler is probably the best Australian lyricist out there, and always so lovely when you meet him! I can’t believe I forgot him!!!
- October 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm #948
Definitely have to agree with Pete Wentz because FOB’s music will stick with me for an eternity. There’s a bunch of others, but Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots) is absolutely brilliant as well as Alex DeLeon and William Beckett to name a few. And Beau Taplin (formerly of For Our Hero) is a genius to say the least.
- October 24, 2014 at 7:19 pm #991
My favourite lyricist is Daughter. The first time I heard one of her songs was a little over a year ago, with Youth. The metaphors that were so intricately intertwined with the melodies and the eloquent way she expressed her feelings made me feel them too. This was around the time that I had been going through a bit of a sad time and this was truly and honestly the only song that properly expressed what I was feeling. I’m glad I found Daughter at that time because it just shows how much music can help us through a rough time and touch us so deeply.
- October 24, 2014 at 9:11 pm #994
John O’Callaghan of The Maine absolutely kills me: his writing (not just his lyrics, but a lot of his poems and other written works) has connected with me so much throughout my life, and I find that no matter what stage of my life I am presently in, his lyrics always find a way to ring true to what I am experiencing.
- October 26, 2014 at 10:27 am #1011
Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes has to be my all time favourite lyricist. I can relate to every single bright eyes album on some level even though they’re all so different, and his ability to make every song so poetic is amazing. I also really like the fact his lyrics are so raw and emotional, he doesn’t try to make anything commercial or appealing to a wider audience, he’s stayed true to himself and his views all these years which I think is really credible. Songs like Lua and If Winter Ends have really impacted me the past year or so.
- October 28, 2014 at 8:49 am #1058
I really love Jason Butler as a lyricist. He has such an extensive vocab and he puts it into lyrics beautifully.
- November 15, 2014 at 9:42 pm #1320
These days, my favorites are Jason Isbell and Chuck Prophet. Jason Isbell writes straight from the heart, although he can add some humor as well. He’s extremely versatile. Chuck Prophet is just an all around great musician, he writes about everything from his hometown, San Francisco, to his friends, family, and just about everything else. He can make very few words into a line that means so much, or a fun chorus out of just a few ‘ooohs’ and ‘yeahs’. Personally, my favorite lyric of his is “you go fight the power, I’m fightin’ off a cold”.
- December 2, 2014 at 6:01 pm #1390
This is an easy one for me. Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) has been and always will be my favourite lyricist of all time. He is the reason why I picked up a guitar when I was younger. He is the reason I got into the music. He is my inspiration and my idol. If it wasn’t for him, I certainly wouldn’t be who I am today. I’d love to meet him one day just to say, ‘Thank you’.
- December 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm #1406
Bruce Springsteen is everything.
- January 5, 2015 at 4:14 pm #1484
All my life i grew up listening to all the old hits. My whole family revolved around being a good Catholic and I never understood why. When I started liking bands like MIW or BVB I was afraid to tell my family, because I didn’t know if they would except my life style and music. Once I told them they accepted me and I was happy. I know I got off topic,but now that I have said that I can continue this topic. My favorite lyricists are between Ed Sheeran, Luke Bryan, Elvis Presley, or Nickelback. All their songs have said words that most people dont hear from my point of view. I was always told music is like a piece of art. It says many words without actually saying or having the words. You may see one thing and think of it as something but to someone else it is a totally different thing to them. Like in many songs I’ve heard it may say something about growing up in a rough place. They may have been bullied, had family problems, or many other things that others think could have happened. As I said music is like art, says many words without actually saying them directly to you.
- January 6, 2015 at 3:16 pm #1487
My all time fave lyricist is Ariel from the band Icon For Hire. I love her writing style cause it’s nitty gritty lyrics and her authenticity in writing just inspires me. It’s not just lyrics I want to hear like a lot of pop music, but you can feel her struggles and battles, and see her scars through her lyrics. One of my favorite lines is off their first album in the song Iodine, “Depression’s like a big fur coat, it’s made of dead things but it keeps me warm.” You don’t see that authenticity a lot in most music today.,
- January 7, 2015 at 3:57 pm #1497
My favourites are Morrissey from The Smiths and Josh Ramsey from Marianas Trench. Morrissey writes so real and sad, his songs come right from the heart. Ramsey pours his heart out on every song and the way you connect with those two lyricists is very weird because you get a feeling that they know you better than you do.
- March 22, 2015 at 7:53 pm #1588
John Lennon and Paul McCartney are hands down my absolute favorite lyricists. The Beatles were on a level of their own. They could write a song about anything and it would be a hit single the next day. Their songs told a story that you wanted to hear over and over again.
- June 28, 2015 at 11:22 pm #1708
Although there are many good lyricist I would have to say my favorites are John Mayer definitely it’s just everything about him his smooth and calming voice combined with the lyrics is brilliant! Let’s take it back a few years to David Bowie he will always be one of my favorite lyricist! The Maine, the 1975, walk the moon, the smiths, ed sheeran, vance joy, and of course the one and only the summer set!!!
- October 27, 2015 at 10:38 am #1846
In terms of favorite lyricists, for me it depends on the genre, for me my mood determines what I listen to, and each mood has a certain band for me. To name my favorite lyricists, they would have to be Tyler Joseph, Kellin Quinn, Tyler Carter, Oliver Sykes and Shaw Milke. To explain, Tyler Joseph has a very unique way of connecting with the misfit kid lyrics, where someone who just feels out of place or odd but makes you proud to embrace it while delivering his lyrics in such a unique style. Kellin Quinn’s lyrics for me, deal with family and relationships that stike chords in me that helps people with broken families or relationship issues realize its ok, things get better and embracing heartache because it will eventually harden and become stronger. Tyler Carter’s/Michael Bohn’s (Issues) lyrics deal with issues as the band name would make apparent, but with such a diverse heavy and soulful approach that speaks to the embracing of ones issues and turning into something positive. Lastly, Oliver Sykes’ lyrics have changed over the years but in the beginning, yes they were a bit angry and that speaks to my youth where I was just mad at not only everyone but just the world and as with his lyrics now, it’s more of a happier and triumphant style that proves hardship only lasts so long before things do ultimately get better and that relates to me since I’ve dealt with more hardship than someone probably should by my age bt it has made me a stronger and more understanding individual who yes can be a bit odd, but embraces his oddness with pride.
- December 3, 2015 at 4:51 pm #1880
I really love blackbear (for anyone who is confused as to who this is, he co-wrote the song “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber) I really love how Mat can write a song about being over 2,000 miles apart from someone and then come back with a song about how love is “deadroses” referring to his love (rose) being dead and how they loved each other so much, but every great thing must come to an end.
I also really love CallMeKarizma. He isn’t really known, but I got to become friends with him and he writes almost all of his songs. He started off writing small raps in his room when he was like 17 years old (he is now 20) and then stared writing about college and what it was like being sober while all of his friends were getting drunk and stoned at parties. Morgan writes about his life experiences and even helps me with my writing.
- May 5, 2016 at 10:00 pm #1915
No doubt that Billy Joel’s lyrics are some of the best lyrics ever written. My favorite song ever is Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by him. The song tells a full blown story (and was eventually turned into a Broadway musical!) And the title of the song is so perfect. It was never explicitly stated that they were in an Italian Restaurant, but with every change of verse (and with the changing of verse comes the change of tempo, chord progressions, etc) brings a whole new “scene”. Billy’s story writing is so beautiful. I feel like I know Brenda and Eddy. I feel like they could have been my friends in high school, the high school sweethearts who fell out of love. Hell! I know people that that’s happening to now.
And don’t even get my started about the lyrics of his song “Vienna”. In my opinion, this is one of his more underrated songs. Every. Single. Lyric. of this song stabs me in the heart and makes me FEEL. I think that it’s because people are always telling me “Alyssa, slow down.” The way the song opens up with “Slow down you crazy child, you’re so ambitious for a juvenile” is what people tell me on a daily basis. “Take the phone off the hook and disappear for awhile..it’s alright you can afford to lose a day or two…when will you realize, Vienna waits for you?” also means so much to me. The word “Vienna” is such a beautiful word and sounds like a beautiful place, but I wanted to know why Billy picked Vienna specifically. Turns out Vienna is where his father resides, whom he didn’t see from the time he was 8-24. Vienna stands for a cross-roads in his life where he had to decide if he wanted his dad in his life or not.
Often times the stories behind a song are so much better than the song itself, and that’s how I feel about every single one of Billy Joel’s songs. My brother asks me all the time “How can you like an artist that never puts out new music” and the answer is because the lyrics are timeless. Depending on what I need in life, I can find a song or album to relate. At this day and age, Billy’s political album (Storm Front) is pretty topical and relevant. “The Stranger” will be my favorite album forever.
If we are talking current day lyricists I would have to go with Troye Sivan. I’ve loved Troye’s music for years and he’s finally starting to get some recognition with “Youth” on the radio. His old stuff like “Happy Little Pill” and “Gasoline” are my favorites, but his Blue Neighborhood album is so good. “I”m just a lost boy, not ready to be found” is one of my favorite lyrics written within the last five years. From the same song “I’m just some dumb kid/Trying to kid myself/That I got my shit together”. I’m at a point in my life where those words resonate deeply with me. “Suburbia” off his new album is also a song that feels personal to me. He’s basically talking about not wanting to leave everything he grew up around but he doesn’t feel like he belongs there anymore and he wants something new “The sun sets longer/Where I am from/Where dreams go to die/While having fun”. The city I’m living in, and having just graduated college, I feel like there are opportunities elsewhere that I can benefit from
Not sure I would consider Imogen Heap one of the best lyricists, but the song “Aha!” is lyrically incredible.This world is full of hypocrisy, and for her to call out people on their BS with such hauntingly chilling lyrics and vocals is wonderful. The story behind this song is amazing as well. Pentatonix has an amazing cover of the song too.
Also, I grew up in a strict Christian family that held pretty traditional values, but I really dislike Christian music (and have definitely forged my own thoughts and ideals about religion since moving out). It angers me that Christianity is synonymous with being a joke in the realm of art and creativity. Christians basically get a free pass to make shitty art and still make a ton of money because churches will pay abhorrent amounts of money for them to play at a youth conference where impressionable youth are fed bullshit like “True Love Waits”. However, that being said, there’s one Christian group that I believe writes lyrics with some actual depth, and that’s Casting Crowns. They’ve put out 6(?) or so albums and each one has lots of songs with more substance than “Over the mountains and the seas, your river runs with love for me”. My personal favorite is lyrics from one of their current songs called Broken Together: “Maybe you and I were never meant to be complete//Could we just be broken together//If you can bring your shattered dreams and I’ll bring mine//Could healing still be spoken and save us//The only way we’ll last forever is broken together”
I really appreciate good writing more than beats or even vocals. Not being a brown-noser or anything, but The Summer Set really does write some of the best lyrics. “Figure Me Out” is my anthem currently, and I even used “Time for me to figure me out” on my grad cap (thanks to all of you for signing it, a picture of it made the local paper ) Sometimes I feel like you guys want to forget that “Everything’s Fine” ever happened, but that’s (lyrically) one of my favorite albums of yours. About a Girl is my favorite ballad (by anyone)and Back to the Start got me through a horrible breakup (we celebrated our two year anniversary at one of your concerts actually..and then a few months later I found out he was sleeping with my best friend) “Tell me how long it takes to fill an empty heart…..take it back to the way we burned, like we were falling stars”….lyrics don’t get much more real than that. Thank you for always ALWAYS having integrity with your lyrics. You know the fans look up to you to speak what’s on their mind and what they’re going through, and you always deliver in a very real and almost healing way.
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